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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, May 4, 1945
Kamikaze Attack off Kerama Retto
Assigned radar picket duty off Okinawa on April 30, 1945, Luce was attacked by Japanese aircraft and successfully shot down the first attacker but not before he dropped a bomb which was a near miss that caused a power failure in the ship. ... Unable to bring her guns to bear on the second attacking aircraft, kamikaze struck the after section of the ship which knocked out the port engine, flooded the engineering spaces and caused a jammed rudder. ... Within one-half hour of attack, Luce took a heavy list to starboard and abandon ship was ordered. ... 126 of her 312 officers and men went down with the ship. The survivors were rescued by friendly forces

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 148

Namesort descending Service Branch
TM 1c James Mcguigan USN
Sea 1c Dale Mckay USN
QM 3c William Mckenzie USN
Sea 1c Albert Mckinney USN
Sea 1c James Mcmillen USN
Sea 1c Marion Mcrae USN
F 1c Lloyd Mergel USN
F 1c Eulus Metcalf USN
Sea 1c Donald Miles USN
StM 1c Ernest Mims USN
Sea 1c Joe Mixon USN
EM 2c Leland Moe USN
Sea 1c Frank Morgel USN
PhM 1c William Murgatroyd USN
SK 1c Lawrence Murray USN
Lt(jg) Robert Murray USN
SF 1c Anthony Napoli USN
MM 2c John Nasner USN
Sea 1c Calvin Newlon USN
WT 3c William Oneil USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)